Margaret Atwood cried her eyes out when she first read Animal Farm at the age of nine. Later, its author became a major influence on her writing. As the centenary of George Orwell's birth approaches, she says he would have plenty to say about the post-9/11 world. Full article at The Guardian
Professor Richard Lance Keeble, Acting Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism and a member of the Orwell Society Committee, argues that most of the debate surrounding the Leveson Report into press standards has missed the Orwellian point How would Orwell have responded to the current controversy over press standards and the recent Leveson Report?…Read more Orwell and Leveson
A FILMMAKER’S international pilgrimage to re-tell the story of the South Shields-born wife of writer George Orwell is nearing its end. Gary Wilkinson has travelled to Barcelona in Spain in his attempt to uncover more about Eileen O’Shaughnessy, the woman who deeply influenced the writer of 1984 and Animal Farm. He’s also filmed at Parliament…Read more Film director’s odyssey over George Orwell’s wife
Brand new covers for five of George Orwell's works feature in a new series published today by Penguin and designed by David Pearson. The set includes a remarkable take on Orwell's most well known novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London, Homage to Catalonia, and Politics and the English Language are also republished today…Read more New designs for Penguin editions of Orwell
We received a letter from the BBC recently, informing us of some dramatisations to be broadcast at the end of January and beginning of February 2013. The programmes, to be broadcast on Radio 4 are: Homage to Catalonia: in two parts - Sunday 27th January & Sunday 3rd February. Both at 3pm. Adapted by Mike Walker. In…Read more BBC to broadcast radio dramatisations of Orwell
The thing that strikes one in the BBC – and it is evidently the same in various of the other departments – is not so much the moral squalor and the ultimate futility of what we are doing, as the feeling of frustration, the impossibility of getting anything done, even any successful piece of scoundrelism. Our policy is so ill-defined, the disorganisation so great, there are so many changes of plan, and the fear and hatred of intelligence are so all-pervading, that one cannot plan any sort of wireless campaign whatsoever. . .